Beginning: Degree & credentials, professional experience. Followed up by professional development/continuing education. Then publication record, presentation/teaching record, and grants obtained. Lastly, professional affiliations.
To follow up, I asked: What are the most important elements of a resume/cv? A more open-ended question, perhaps too open-ended. The benefit to asking a question is that while yes, I received some repeats of the info I provided to you in the previous posting, but this gave respondents the opportunity to emphasize or to provide a more over-arching view of it.
For starters, close to 1/3 used the word relevant or something that equated. But as to specific elements, 27 of the 51 respondents (53%) said some variant on "education and experience." Again, a chance to emphasize what they felt most important. Of the remaining, 16 said experience (31%). So I think you can assume that a lot of our respondents felt the need to emphasize that. Many of these and the remaining 8 elaborated further on specifics.
Here's some of what they had to say, style-wise. We'll get deeper into this in a couple of posts when we talk about what makes a good/bad resume, but here's some bits. Well-organized, easy to reading, articulate, chronologically complete.
Content-wise: detail is important. Don't just list your job title (more about that in the next post). Some respondents want to see outcomes: if you hired for a processing position, how many finding aids did you complete? How big were the collections? Many respondents liked to see development over your experience which almost requires that you go into detail as to job duties.
Here's some of the more specific comments that I think you might find useful as you develop your resume.
- Depending on level applying for: Entry-level, education, basic experience (internship, volunteer), areas of interest. Mid-career: experience, projects, professional development, service.
- Professional experience and (less so the further one is into one's career) educational background. Evidence of professional involvement and development efforts is nice to see, too.
- Details, especially for the experience component. How big were the collections? What subject areas or types of records were they? Easy to read and well organized. Don't assume we know you have a skill, especially if it's in the announcement--write it down.
- Where you have been & what you have been doing.
- Education credentials, previous experience, publications, committee work
- The specific job duties performed. It's how we tell what qualifications and experience they really have and how that will translate to our job.
- Work experience and education are the two most important elements to me. Though other elements could be elevated in importance depending on the position. For example, a director would need good experience in writing grants or a reference librarian may want to demonstrate instructional experience.
- Practical experience; I want to see what they've done themselves that prepares them to do the requirements listed for the job. If there are huge gaps in employment I would like to see them acknowledged and some explanation given.
- work experience and education with demonstrated commitment to professional development (e.g. attending conference, presentations, etc.)
- What academic qualifications and professional experiences qualify the person for this particular job?